YouTube Steps up Conservative Censorship

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by Rodney Pelletier  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  December 12, 2019   

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (ChurchMilitant.com) - Google is accelerating its suppression of conservative videos on YouTube as the 2020 presidential elections loom.

"We will no longer allow content that maliciously insults someone based on protected attributes such as their race, gender expression, or sexual orientation," states the newest update to YouTube's "hate speech" policy released Wednesday. 

Conservative commentator Gavin McInnes is slamming the video media giant, telling Church Militant, "This has nothing to do with protecting anyone from hate."

"This new purge is all about getting rid of conservatives in order to thwart Trump 2020 while pretending it's about protecting their users from hate," said McInnes. "This is happening at Twitter, Instagram, Google and all other social media."

"It's activism cloaked as benevolence and it's all about power," he added.

Major Purge

In the last two years, tens of millions of videos — a number of them conservative — have been purged from YouTube. Between July and September 2018, nearly 58 million videos were removed owing to claims they violated YouTube's guidelines. In all, over 64 million videos were yanked in 2018 alone.

In June, YouTube updated its policies, banning "videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion." 

"It's our responsibility to protect that, and prevent our platform from being used to incite hatred, harassment, discrimination and violence," it continued.

McInnes notes that YouTube "already had that under control and it was easy to do. If anyone made a video with the n-word or a Holocaust denial video or even porn, it would be shut down immediately." 

It's activism cloaked as benevolence and it's all about power.

Liberal media outlets are lavishing praise on Google for silencing "neo-Nazism, white supremacy and other bigoted ideologies," but some say the effort is actually targeting conservatives' ability to make money from video ads.

Steven Crowder Targeted

This latest censorship effort was kicked off in June when Carlos Maza, a homosexual activist and writer for liberal website Vox, petitioned YouTube to block conservative commentator Steven Crowder after he referred to Maza as a "queer" on his flagship show, Louder With Crowder.

Crowder responded, "You speak with a lisp, and you refer to yourself as a queer. That, along with the LGBTQ moniker, has genuinely made me think that 'queer' is one of the more suitable terms. If not, I don't understand the rulebook."

Maza afterward called for people to lodge complaints with YouTube about Crowder's show. Crowder's subsequent videos offering rebuttals to Maza's complaints have since been taken down by YouTube.

Crowder's videos are still on YouTube, but he and other conservatives believe it's just a matter of time before more conservative videos are banned.

Google Agenda Revealed

Conservative personalities like Gavin McInnes and Alex Jones have been demonetized and banned from social media organizations like Facebook and Twitter.

Former Google engineer Kevin Cernekee told Fox News' Tucker Carlson in August, "They really want Trump to lose in 2020. That's their agenda."

Cernekee added, "They have very biased people running every level of the company. They have quite a bit of control over the political process. That's something we should really worry about."
 

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